My friend Rios posted a few updates from this modeler.
The site is in Japanese, but the Chrome browser can
translate if you're interested in reading the blog. The images are
fantastic on their own. http://obishi.blog.fc2.com/
He's doing work with card stock on a carved foam base. Really interesting stuff. He's also doing some great weathering on the buildings he's putting together. When they are placed and set, they look fantastic.
I love the carved stone walkways as well. It's a great look. I was wondering if I could get foam and have it thin enough to do something similar, but I think it wouldn't play correctly in N scale. I'm still sorting out options for sidewalks and walkways that don't involve massive purchases of pre-made items.
I love this style of working - removing material instead of just building things up. Cool stuff.
All in all, it's great to see more of what is going on overseas in this area.
And I love the look of the street scenes. They have a painterly texture to them that I really enjoy.